The houseboat or Kettuvallam has become Kerala's defining image. Kerala houseboat holiday is the most sought after tourism experience around.
The houseboats are comfortable, easy and come with air-conditioning. You get a crew of a cook and bearer, along with the pilot. Kerala houseboat holiday is an unforgettable experience.
From single-bedded to four-and even five bedroom behemoths, with living rooms, en-suite bathrooms and equipped kitchens, you get a lot. And what could be better than that?
Views constantly change as you navigate the narrow canals, enclosed by the tunnels of vegetation. Open expanse of rice paddy are beautifully boarded by the coconut palms.
You can have passing look in to the homes, farms, churches, mosques and temples among the trees. You might catch the blue flash of a kingfisher so often.
Villages and farmsteads occupy even the tiniest islets. Some families live on pockets of land, barely large enough for a simple house. They bath and wash their cloths at the water's edge.
Traditional country vessels pass you which are powered by boatmen with long poles. Fishermen work from tiny canoes, while massive Chinese nets hang over the banks.
The most people still rely on boatmen to ferry them across the water to connect with roads and bus services. This constant crisscrossing of the waters happens from morning to evening.
This continued activity provides more than enough interest for travellers in a Kettuvallam.
Kerala Houseboat Destinations
Houseboat cruises can be expensive. You will probably find yourself looking for the less expensive ways to enjoy the Kerala houseboat holiday.
The best way is to base yourself in Alleppey or in a resort out in the backwaters.
You can start your houseboat holiday from a number of places including Cochin, Kottayam, Kumarakom, Alleppey and Kollam.
Valiyaparamba in deep north is one of the quietest stretches of backwaters in the state. Even in Trivandrum and Calicut you can find Kerala backwater cruises.
Alleppey is the capital of the Kerala houseboat destinations. Alleppy's everlasting attraction is its location. It is a thin strip of land between the backwaters and the sea.
The boat jetty at Alleppey is crawling with operators. Ask them for a houseboat and make it your mobile home for as long as you like. Or book yourself into one of the resorts that offer Kerala boats.
Alleppey Houseboat Operators
Alleppey Tourism Development Co-operative
Bharat Tourist Service Society
Blue Lagoon Tourist Services
Bon Voyage Backwater
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